Ive always thought that the difference between a Shepherds Pie and a Cottage Pie was to do with:
- The Meat (Lamb Vs Beef)
- The other ingredients (Peas & Carrots Vs Plain)
But it seems there really is no specific difference between the two. So i guess i make Shep-Cott Pie rather than one or the other. Heres the one i made today…sorry i can’t be specific with measurements, but I’m a big believer in adapting recipes to what you and your family like. I tend to throw in things i have in the fridge, so when i make a meal, its never quite the same each time lol. I haven’t made one of these in ages…
Vikki’s Shep-Cott Pie
- Minced Beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 stick of celery, chopped
- 12 fine green beans, chopped
- Sweet Potatoes
- 2 stock cubes
- herbs/spices (depends on my mood lol)
- Fry all the veg (plus any herbs and spices you’re using) in a little olive oil until tender and throw into a casserole dish. Fry off the mince and add to the veg along with stock cubes and a little water. Bung it in the oven for an hour with a lid on (i like my mince to be meltingly tender but you could always just simmer it in a saucepan for 20 minutes). For a richer sauce add some Gravy Granules.
- While the mince is in the oven peel and quarter some potatoes and sweet potatoes (adjust ratio to taste) and boil until tender. Make into a creamy mash with butter or sour cream.
- Remove mince from the oven and spoon the mash over the top. Put back in the oven (without a lid) for 20 minutes until the mash is golden and crispy.
What i love about this recipe is that i can add anything to the mince…peas, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers or mushrooms. When the kids were younger i would grate the veg in so they couldn’t see it 😉
I sprinkled a little bit of Gruyere on top and served it with peas, home made bread and some gravy…real comfort food on a cold February night 🙂
For dessert, i finally managed to make my friend Sarah’s cake. The Marzipan & Cherry Cake recipe is on Sarah’s blog. Sarah, if you’re reading this, it was wonderful 🙂
Shepherd or Cottage? What do you call it?